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Address: 53 Birch St, Asheville, NC 28801
Phone Number: +1 828 350 2066
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Description: This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown...
This beautiful garden style cemetery encompasses 87 acres near downtown Asheville, NC overlooking the French Broad River. Among the rolling hills and gardens you can find the graves of prominent writers such as Thomas Wolfe and O. Henry, Civil War heroes, and politicians that shaped North Carolina's history. Self-guided walking tours are available at the cemetery office Monday - Friday from 8:00am to 4:30pm.
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Great Place to See

I'll admit right off the bat that I like seeing historic cemeteries. There's something really creepy,beautiful, and mysterious about them that appeals to me. That being said... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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108 reviews 108 reviews
49 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I'll admit right off the bat that I like seeing historic cemeteries. There's something really creepy,beautiful, and mysterious about them that appeals to me. That being said, Riverside Cemetery is definitely that kind of place. I would highly suggest parking near the entrance and walking to see everything, because, as I have learned from experience, the one lane roads that... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Located in a Beautiful neighborhood, the cemetery is a nice walk anyway but features the gravesites of Thomas Wolfe and O Henry.

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Dousman, Wisconsin
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139 reviews 139 reviews
70 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This cemetery is host to lots of famous people and we had to visit and were glad we did. O. Henry, Thomas Wolfe and Civil War Gen'l Zebulon Vance are just some of the folks buried here. It is quite hilly and graves are on a pretty severe slant because of this but the cemetery is lovely and it is... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Tread softly! There is so much history here and beautiful setting. Say to my husband as you walk around!

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
54 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This quiet cemetery in Montford is a good place for a stroll if you are feeling existential...This is also the place to find the grave of resting places of some of Asheville's most illustrious past citizens...

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Hermitage, Tennessee
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64 reviews 64 reviews
28 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We visited here on our recent trip to Asheville, to visit the grounds and a few select graves, Overall, the grounds seemed to be very well managed and well kept. The only issue I'd have to speak on, would be the driving map & signage needs to be better laid out in my opinion, with the hills and many windy... More 

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Plantation, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

It may seem odd to rave about a cemetery, but the old growth trees and historic tombstones and monuments make this a special place. It's superbly maintained and worth of a meditative stroll or serious photography.

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Orlando, Florida, USA
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136 reviews 136 reviews
58 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I love cemeteries. They used to be the parks for the poor people. If you have more than 2 days in Asheville, then this is a good place to walk, read the tombstones, look at the beautiful foliage (especially in Spring and at fall leaf change time). Pack a lunch and contemplate your life as you look at the graves.... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Riverside is a splendid place to walk. I always enjoy seeing what folks leave at O.Henrys grave stone-usually pennies, but sometimes other coins. Sometimes, they are all in a mound and other times, arranged in patterns or around the edge of the stone.

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Deltona, Florida
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Taking note of the lives of many "Great Americans" that are here, it was a review of history for me. It doesn't take long to find out that you are in the presence of many of the founders of the area and contributors to America as a whole. A worth while side trip.

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